A resume is an important tool for those individuals seeking employment. The resume contains information concerning your goals, schooling, licenses, certificates, job experiences, professional organizations and references. It is important to revamp your resume after returning from military service to adequately document your military school and work experience.
A good resume begins with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Your name should be larger than the rest of your information. If you are seeking a position that is in a specialized field place an objective or goal on your first line. This objective or goal should be specific, well-thought out and worded concisely.
Next list your education, making sure to list your military education first. This educational training is what you experienced directly after Boot Camp. Irregardless of whether the training was considered official college work, it is important to list it on your resume. Throughout your military career you may have attended some college classes also. This should be listed in the same area.
When your educational section is complete move on to work experience. List your last work experience first. If this is your military career list the branch and the length of time you were in the service. Bullet your areas of expertise and job duties. Do not be afraid to “blow your own horn”. Your resume is your introduction to the personnel department or search committee looking for the right person to fill their open position. You want them to know your abilities.
Add any other job experience in this area. List the name of the employer and the time period you were employed. Bullet your job duties under each experience.
After your work experience, list any professional organizations you are a member. If you aren’t a member of any, that is alright. Just leave this section out.
References are extremely important. You should list at least two from your military experience. List your supervisor and one co-worker. If you didn’t ask permission to use them as references prior to leaving, give them a phone call and get the required information. You will want their name, title, address, work and private phone numbers along with an e-mail address. A minimum of three references should be included on your resume.
Make sure to put a heading on each area. Your headings will include: Education, License or Certifications, Work Experience or Professional Experience, Professional Organizations and References. All headings should be capitalized and bolded. Indent the information under each heading to bring the focus of the readers eyes to the proper location.
Several websites may be located that have excellent samples of military resumes. Best Sample Resumes and Baseops.net are two websites that provide valuable information on resume writing tips for individuals transitioning from the military to civilian life.